The Idiot Brain

The Idiot Brain

A Neuroscientist Explains What Your Head Is Really Up To

eBook - 2016
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The brain may be the seat of consciousness and the engine of all human experience, but it's also messy, fallible and disorganized. It's undeniably impressive, but it's far from perfect, and these imperfections influence everything that humans say, do and experience. In The Idiot Brain, Dean Burnett celebrates the downright laughable things our minds do to us, as well as exposing the fact that people are often way off in their thinking about how the brain works. For example, did you know thatyour memory is egotistical?stress can actually increase your performance at a task?conspiracy theories and superstitions stem from your brain's insistence that the world isn't random?the brain's limitations mean you really can miss something that's right under your nose?the way the brain's processing works means that time really does fly if you're having fun?alcohol can sometimes improve your memory?Dean Burnett's unpredictable and entertaining first book explores the unexpected side of everyday life, highlighting where conventional thinking is wrong and how our brains trip us up at every turn. This is lucid, funny and smart: in short, the best kind of popular science.
Publisher: 2016.
ISBN: 9781443450089
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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Sep 01, 2018

Agree with newleaf. The science seemed light, the references were not very current and his constant jokiness was very grating after 5 pages.
Heard him interviewed on a podcast and was hoping for a more informative and scientific take on brain function.

Jul 11, 2017

This book explains about the brain. I understand everthing and everything is really clear. Surprisingly, this book, had been really easy to understand as well it is really easy to learn. I reccomend this book!

Dec 14, 2016

A very enjoyable light-hearted look at ourselves and what makes us tick.

Nov 04, 2016

You're a neuroscientist, you should write a book!

Neuroscience "lite" at best, neither the flip manner he discusses the subject, or his generic explanations, makes this worth reading.

Try Norman Doidge "The brain that changes itself"

Sep 01, 2016

An excellent explanation of how bad our brains are at dealing with reality and also an excellent explanation of how good our brains are at dealing with reality. Dean Burnett dives deep into all the foibles and quirks that our minds are prone to. I found it to be an enlightening and entertaining book (you can tell from Burnett's writing that he is a part time comedian).

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Jul 11, 2017

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